Fair Chance, by Josh Lanyon
Series: All’s Fair, Book 3
Published by: Carina Press
Release Date: March 13, 2017
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
One final game of cat and mouse…
Ex–FBI agent Elliot Mills thought he was done with the most brutal case of his career. The Sculptor, the serial killer he spent years hunting, is finally in jail. But Elliot’s hope dies when he learns the murderer wasn’t acting alone. Now everyone is at risk once again—thanks to a madman determined to finish his partner’s gruesome mission.
When the lead agent on the case, Special Agent Tucker Lance, goes missing, Elliot knows it’s the killer at work. After all, abducting the love of his life is the quickest way to hurt him.
The chances of finding Tucker are all but impossible without the help of the Sculptor—but the Sculptor is in no position to talk. Critically injured in a prison fight, he lies comatose and dying while the clock ticks down. Elliot has no choice but to play this killer’s twisted game and hope he can find Tucker in time.
Part of a series (not a standalone)
Full confession: I am a Josh Laynon fangirl.
However, I have a caveat: I’m not the type of fangirl who will 5 star ++++ every single, damn book Lanyon has in her impressive library simply because it has her name on it, so this one still had to work at impressing me.
I’m happy to say that it did.
To be honest, I did go back and re-read the first two books when I learned this one was being released because it’s been a few years since I read them and I wanted to re-familiarize myself with the characters and the events before reading the third installment. I’m glad I did because the events in book two directly relate to the plot of book three so if you haven’t read the first two books, stop here before you spoiler yourself.
Fair Chance has us happily reunited with ex-FBI agent turned professor, Elliot Mills and his sexy, alpha boyfriend, special agent Tucker Lance. I’m happy to report that they are still together and still doing well, despite Tucker having to occasionally reign in his alpha male tendencies where Elliot is concerned (except in the bedroom where it’s perfectly acceptable *wink*).
Once again, Elliot is being drawn back into FBI territory despite having retired due to his injury several years prior. This, of course, is a continual source of conflict between Tucker and Elliot, with Tucker wanting to protect Elliot from the kind of injury that forced him to retire in the first place. However, being the grown-ass men they are, things get discussed and if not resolved, then at least agree to disagree until they have to time to sort things out. This is one of the things I love about Lanyon’s characters; they aren’t children, prone to fits of rage over things that could easily be discussed. They are men who talk, who apologize, who care enough to listen and learn from their mistakes.
Since the big plot point is revealed in the blurb (why??), I can confirm that Tucker does indeed get kidnapped, possibly by an accomplice to The Sculptor, the serial killer whom Elliot and Tucker nabbed in book two. Not content to sit back and let the FBI investigate (and despite repeated warnings not to get involved), Elliot feels he has no choice but to find Tucker on his own and determine if the killer they originally thought was working alone, did indeed have someone working with him and is intent on carrying on with his murder spree.
The mystery itself is really well done, but that’s no surprise given that this is Lanyon’s forte. There are false leads and red herrings, and while the plot isn’t overly complicated, it still manages to keep the reader entertained and engaged throughout.
I really loved Tucker and Elliot’s relationship in this book. You can see real growth between the two men since the first book, and the affection and respect between them is clearly obvious. I’m interested to see where they go from here, seeing as Elliot is opening himself up to the idea of returning to the FBI in some capacity, despite Tucker’s reservations.
Hopefully, we don’t have to wait too long.
Bestselling author of over sixty titles of classic Male/Male fiction featuring twisty mystery, kickass adventure and unapologetic man-on-man romance, JOSH LANYON has been called “arguably the single most influential voice in m/m romance today.” Granted, that was yesterday.
Today Josh’s work has been translated into nine languages. The FBI thriller Fair Game was the first male/male title to be published by Harlequin Mondari, the largest romance publisher in Italy. The Adrien English series was awarded the 2nd Annual All Time Favorite Male Male Couple by the Goodreads M/M Group. Josh is an Eppie Award winner, a four-time Lambda Literary Award finalist for Gay Mystery, and the first ever recipient of the Goodreads Favorite M/M Author Lifetime Achievement award.
Josh is married and lives in Southern California.
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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.